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Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (2CD)

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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sterns Africa
  • ASIN: B01J4DOPWC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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During the boom years of the 1960s and on into the 70s East Africa, in particular Nairobi, was an irresistible magnet for musicians throughout the continent. They switched bands, swapped tunes, jammed, performed and generally added to the musical DNA that even now resonates around the world. Despite changes in style in later years the love for golden oldies never went away.

This double CD with illustrated booklet includes some super rare tracks. All are mastered from original analogue tapes supplied by the producers and all are Musiki Wa Dansi classics... just right for some urgent jumping!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively "Zilipendwa" recordings from 1972-82 21 Jan. 2017
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This is an excellent 2-CD collection of vibrant music from various East African countries (mostly Kenya and Tanzania) covering the years 1972 to 1982. Most of these tracks are considered extremely rare and are making their appearance on CD for the first time. The only artist on here that I'd heard previously is the excellent Sunburst Band (the subject of a very good 2-CD reissue of their own).

I love reviewer Scott McWade's description of the music on this collection as "the sunniest sound in the universe." Indeed, these songs are bursting with sunshine and lively, positive musical vibes. If you enjoy the sweet, lilting Congolese music of legends such as Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, that same musical spirit can be heard on many of these recordings too. As the liner notes tell us, "starting in the early '60s, Congolese bands flooded East Africa" and that distinctive sound obviously influenced many of these bands. As for the songs on this collection, the liner notes also say that "the main thrust of the music is benga and zilipendwa, the dominant mainstream sounds of the era." The notes also mention styles such as semadongo, taarab, and chakacaha, and kitoto that were used by some of these acts. As much as I love listening to this music, I'm not knowledgeable enough to know the difference between these various genres, nor am I able to define exactly how it all differs from rumba, soukous, high life, or makossa. Let's just say there is a sweetness and lightness, a buoyant musical spirit, that pervades most of these pieces, and I find it hard not to dance and/or smile when I'm listening to these tunes!

The CD set comes with a booklet that includes liner notes by the album compiler, DJ John Armstrong, explaining the history of the music, and the music scene in this region during those pivotal years. Armstrong says that he started off with more than 1000 tracks, whittled it down to a 'Shortlist" of 60, and then ended up with the 27 songs on this compilation. Needless to say, I'm optimistic there will be a Volume Two!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the sunniest sound in the universe, a celebration, urgent jumping ! 16 Dec. 2016
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This is a collection of sunny soukous with that unmistakable rhumba beat. Lesser known bands from east Africa clearly inspired by the greats. If all you know about this music is Le Grand Kalle, Franco & OK Jazz, Dr. Nico, Sam Mangwana, Tabu Ley Rochereau and M'bilia Bel, this would be the next logical step. Also check out Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako, Orchestra Super Mazembe, and Sweet Talk's "Kusum Beat" as well as their track "Angelina" on Big Noise vol 1. This music is real repetitive, my wife says it sounds like Buster Poindexter's Hot Hot Hot but all she's hearing is the baseline, through the floorboards. It's the sunniest sound in the universe, a celebration, urgent jumping !
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